We would like to thank the following people for their generous support:
Mr Dennis Avery and Mrs Sally Tsui Wong Avery
Dennis S. Avery, born in Los Angeles in 1940, was married to Sally Tsui Wong-Avery, lawyer and Chinese court interpreter, owner of Chinese social services and language schools. In the 1960s, long before theunification of Germany, Dennis worked for the British Rail Transport Organization in West Berlin. In the 1970s he served as a prosecutor in San Deigo and headed the City Attorney Consumer Protection Unit. He was a member of the Colorado, Washington DC and California bars and held graduate degrees in business and law. Dennis served on corporate and charitable boards and was an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall in the University of Cambridge. Dennis Avery died on 23 July 2012.
Mr George Mitchell
George Mitchell was born in Galveston, Texas in 1920, the son of Greek immigrants. He graduated in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University and then made a career as an independent prospector in oil and gas exploration, and as a property and real estate developer. He has had a life-long interest in astronomy, cosmology and particle physics.
In 2003, after discussions with Stephen Hawking and Texas A&M University, he made a generous gift to establish the edowment of the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M. In 2006 he agreed to provide very generous annual funding for a cosmology collabroation between the Mitchell Institute and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, together with direct support for the CTC. The Cambridge-Mitchell collaboration supports a series of Conferences and Research Workshops, both in Texas and in Cambridge. It also supports exchange visits and post-doctoral researchers.